The Olympians lost Saturday's home non-conference game against Cherokee Trail by, 48-0. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Since suffering a last-second loss in its season opener, the Cherokee Trail football team has taken out its frustrations on its last two opponents.

The Cougars steamrolled past Gateway 48-0 Saturday afternoon at Aurora Public Schools Stadium, following up a 42-0 demolition of Fort Collins the previous week to improve to 2-1 going into a Week 4 showdown with nearby Regis Jesuit (3-0).

Senior quarterback Aric Johnson opened the scoring with a first-quarter touchdown run and threw three TD passes in a 28-point second quarter as coach Monte Thelen’s Cherokee Trail team continued to rebound from an opening week loss to Chatfield.

Cameron Currington and Izaiah Lottie each scored two touchdowns for the Cougars, while Cameron Smith also got into the end zone and finished just shy of 100 yards rushing and backup quarterback Tyler Penney’s only pass went for a score.

Gateway — which came into the game 2-0 — generated just 166 yards of total offense as it suffered its first loss under new coach Ashour Peera.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel


Score by quarters:

Cher. Trail  14  28  6  0 — 48

Gateway        0    0  0  0 —   0


First quarter

Cherokee Trail — Aric Johnson 1 yard run (Jerdan Daniels kick), 5:51

Cherokee Trail — Cameron Smith 5 yard run (Daniels kick), 2:34

Second quarter

Cherokee Trail — Cameron Currington 38 yard run, 10:20

Cherokee Trail — Izaiah Lottie 34 yard pass from Johnson (Daniels kick), 8:17

Cherokee Trail — Jason Thompson 17 yard pass from Johnson (Daniels kick), 6:28

Cherokee Trail — Lottie 25 yard pass from Johnson (Michael Thelen kick), 1:30

Third quarter

Cherokee Trail — Currington 56 yard pass from Tyler Penney (kick failed), 9:03


Cherokee Trail: Cameron Smith 12-98, Cameron Currington 2-71, Aric Johnson 6-47, Jason Thompson 1-1, Butler 1-(minus 1), K. Thompson 1-(minus 3), Voss 2-(minus 8)

Gateway: Isaac Fuqua 15-64, Nyerre Williams 6-26, Calvin Weber 6-18, Quintavis Styles 2-5, Lance Savage 4-(minus 12)


Cherokee Trail: Johnson 5-6, 108 yards, 3 touchdowns; Tyler Penney 1-1, 56 yards, 1 touchdown

Gateway: Savage 4-8, 45 yards, 2 interceptions; Williams 3-7, 20 yards, 1 interception


Cherokee Trail: Izaiah Lottie 2-59, Currington 1-56, Isaiah Kaiser 2-32, Thompson 1-17

Gateway: Austin Hall 4-63, Jonah Mitchell 1-3, Styles 2-(minus 1)

Courtney Oakes is sports Editor and photographer with Sentinel Colorado. A Denver East High School alum. He came to the Sentinel in 2001 and since then has received a number of professional awards from...